Gut health is so important in today’s world of processed foods, fad diets, and new gut diseases. Gut health can control so many other aspects of our lives such as: Weight and Heart Health. When gut health is working in perfect harmony with your body, the benefits could be endless. Certain gut bacteria can help to digest fiber. When fiber is not digested correctly your body can experience bloating and other intestinal issues. Gut bacteria, or microbes, can also help maintain a healthy immune system. With our busy schedules, getting sick is the last thing anybody wants.
Some of the things that can help to improve your gut health are:
Eat foods that contain healthy bacteria
Eat whole grains
Try to eat unprocessed foods
First of all what are pre/probiotics, what’s the difference?
Essentially Prebiotics are substances that are fermented by the beneficial bacteria in the gut and used as a source of fuel to help enhance gut flora health. Probiotics, on the other hand, are live microorganisms that can confer health benefits to the host ranging from improved immunity to better brain function. To break this down into simpler terms, prebiotics “feed” the probiotics, or beneficial bacteria in your gut.
So what kind of pre/probiotic do you recommend?
Here at Essence, we choose the best supplements that are preservative, soy, and dairy free. We chose our products from Designs for Health because its a company committed to the goal of producing the most effective and therapeutic nutritional products possible. Most probiotics do not include prebiotics as well, and like we said “feeding” those probiotics is essential for preserving your gut health by maintaining balance and diversity of intestinal bacteria, especially by increasing the presence of “good bacteria,” such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. Our probiotics are kept in the fridge unlike most others to ensure maximum potency and shelf life.
For our Essence kiddos we use once a day, chewable probiotic. Our Flora Bites do not contain Gluten, corn, yeast, artificial colors, or flavors. Ortho Molecular manufacturing test the purity, strength, identity, and composition of each and every product, making it a sure choice for your little one. They are sweet little gummies that will have your kiddo asking for more! It also contains amounts of Vitamin C, great for promoting a healthy immune system.
For our Essence babies we recommend using our Floraboost powder. FloraBoost is a probiotic formula for children, designed to deliver live bacteria that promote healthy gut microflora, protect intestinal integrity and boost immune function. Not only does it help maintain Gastrointestinal Balance, but Supports Bowel Regularity, Digestion, and Micronutrient Absorption.
As our daily supplement, we choose to use, Organic PurePea Vanilla Protein. The vegan dietary supplement is made from North American grown yellow peas. It contains non-GMO ingredients and uses no chemicals in the natural fermentation process. The company even checks for the misuse of heavy metals and bacteria.The protein is a great addition to any smoothie, and with the added calcium, iron, and sodium this supplement will have you feeling great in no time!
Curcum-Evail Chewables are also a great supplement to support your gut health. These once a day, mango-nectarine chewables contain the ingredient curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal.
Because of our hectic lifestyle, and the way we often consume food that is frequently overcooked, digestion can often be less than optimal. Poor digestion can produce bloating and gas, cramping, diarrhea or constipation, and even lead to incomplete digestion of food proteins that have been linked to food allergies. As a daily adult supplement we recommend Digestzyme-V. Digestzyme V is specifically designed to support digestion, help unlock more nutrition from food, and promote regular bowel movements.